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Archive for April, 2010

The Boston Tea Party Skit

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April 30, 2010

Skit #2 – the Boston Tea Party The group did a great job portraying the event – the 3 boys; Nolan, Henry and Ty, played the supposed Indians completed with tomahawks, Sarah was Samuel Adams and lead the group.  I liked Erin speaking as the narrator – it helped get across a lot of...
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Ye Olde Livestock Center

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April 29, 2010

The livestock from the colonies are arriving one animal at a time – the ship is coming across the Atlantic Ocean slowly – he he!  Rita brought in a clothe bag and shook it while telling the students that another animal for the center as arrived.  The students were eager to see what she...
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Stamp Act Skit

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April 27, 2010

The first skit went well.  The group really pulled it together quickly, once they knew what happened.  Elyse’s return from a trip required the group to review the information about the event but it turned out a great way for them to come together as a team.  The drafted the script quickly and practiced...
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Discovering Colonial America!

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April 26, 2010

Last week the students worked on their skits.  Hopefully the first group will be ready this week. We’re going to start the large model of a colonial village on Tuesday.  I think the students will really enjoy doing it. Let’s see what else are we starting this week?  We will introduce writing with a...
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My Living Room – where did it go?

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April 25, 2010

I worked on my own Fort Box creation today.  What fun! I opened up one side and lined the inside of a washer box with a roll of white paper so kids can write on the walls.  I thought it might be fun since they can’t write on them at home.   Then I...
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Fort Box

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April 23, 2010

We introduced Fort Box for the Green Street Fair that will be held on the first weekend in May to the students and they jumped at the possibilities.  First what is Fort Box you ask?  Last year was the first event that was held in Kellogg Park, Plymouth, MI.  There were vendors and activities...
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Dinosaur Track Locations

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April 23, 2010
Dinosaur Track Locations

I dig dinosaurs! Tyrannosaurus Rex “I dig Dinosaurs!” transfer. You print the image on a transfer sheet you get from any craft store and iron it on a t-shirt. Check out these sites for dinosaur tracks. The tracks are sometimes found in open terrain, on a state park or inside a small museum. It’s...
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Sorry – I’ve been under the weather

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April 22, 2010

I’ve been really trying to write every day about things related to children.  It’s been great being back in the classroom and seeing the kids everyday.  I get so many ideas of things I want to try with them to help make the lessons more concrete and fun that it’s great to share them...
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Summer Learning Fun!

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April 19, 2010

I am so geeked!  After meeting with Raad Alawan, the publisher for School Life, he asked me to submit an article for their May issue – due tomorrow!  I was only too thrilled to meet the deadline.  We had talked about how there has been many reports on the summer “brain drain” and so...
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Parenting Conference in the Fall

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April 12, 2010

I had a great meeting with Linda Herbert from the Livingston 4C (Community Coordinated Child Care).  She mentioned their annual parent conference that is held in November that over 2000 people attend and wondered if I’d be interested in speaking at it.  Yes, yes, yes!!  Now to think of a compelling topic and work...
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